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The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Myrceugenia obtusa (DC.) O.Berg

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Myrceugenia >
  3. Family: Myrtaceae

Place of Publication

Linnaea 30: 669 (1861)

Type citation

Based on Eugenia obtusa DC. "in Peruvia" Dombey s.n. (holotype, G-DC).



  • Landrum (1988): Fig. 12g
  • Descriptions

    • Landrum (1986)
    • Landrum (1988)


    Large shrub or small tree 2 to 8 m tall. Flowering from December to January. Fruits mature from April to November.

    Key characteristics

    Easily identified from its mainly elliptic leaves which have blunt tips and the leafy bracteoles.


    Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Araucanía and Ñuble

    Distribution and habitat

    M. obtusa is a common component of the Mediterranean region of Chile and its extensive distribution extends from the coast, close to Coquimbo, to the Central Valley of Cautín. It has an altitudinal range of between sea level to 1400 m (Landrum, 1988).


    • Berg (1861)

      Berg, O.C. 1861. Mantissa II. ad Myrtacearum Americae. Linnaea 30: 647-713

    • Landrum (1988)

      Landrum, L R 1988. The Myrtle Family (Myrtaceae) in Chile. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 45(12):277-317